Unleashing Kids’ Creativity


Sam Bloem and Amber Brannan share a common love for each other, teaching and creating fun opportunities for students during lockdown. PHOTO TWH

The closure of classrooms has been a huge challenge to teachers, who have had to come up with new ways to keep youngsters engaged with their education.

Book Week is one of the big dates on the school calendar across the nation, but this year, COVID meant the annual parade of characters had to be either cancelled or re-imagined.

Bourke Public School Librarian and teacher, Sam Bloem, wasn’t going to let restrictions and lockdowns stop the kids of Bourke enjoying the event.

Instead of cancelling the event, he decided to launch a new way to celebrate all things literary so students could enjoy.

“I’m the librarian at Bourke Public and my fiancée, Amber Brannan, is a year 1 and 2 teacher at St Ignatius School, and we were sitting at home, as you do during lockdown, and we were thinking that maybe we should do a “virtual” Book Parade instead.

“We have had the kids dress up, at home, as their favourite book character, with the book, send in a picture or a video and then I compiled them, compiled a slideshow and video, put music to it and then sent it to everyone – community pages, the school Facebook pages and then everyone can put it up on social media and share it around.


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